Battlement Mesa, Colorado
Battlement Mesa is a census-designated place in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. The population was 4,471 at the 2010 census. The Battlement Mesa post office has the ZIP Code 81636. The community, which bills itself as a “covenant-protected community”, is primarily a group of contiguous subdivisions developed in the later decades of the 20th century, catering to families and retirees. It is located on the flank of a hill on the south side of the Colorado River, across from the older town of Parachute. The two communities together are known as “Parachute-Battlement Mesa”. The town takes its name from Battlement Mesa, an 11,000-foot-high (3,400 m) basalt-topped mesa that sits to the south of the town. The community was first developed by an oil company as a residence for its workers in the expectation that the rising price of oil would make shale oil extraction economically viable. When adjusted oil prices fell, the housing estate was left as a stranded asset, and the oil company marketed it to retirees in conjunction with a real estate firm.
In days past, Ancestral Puebloan farmers, Spanish miners and the infamous Dalton Gang outlaws all called the Pine River Valley home. The no-stoplight town’s main attraction is its 18-hole championship public golf course and accompanying 3,200-acre residential community. When it opened, the Battlement Mesa course was ranked one of the Best Courses in America You Can Play by Golf Digest. The award-winning course draws golfers from all over for the great views, challenging greens and affordable rounds. On site are fully furnished one- and two-bedroom suites for those spending the night. These renovated condominiums include access to amenities including a swimming pool, weight room, racquetball courts and an outdoor playground.Visitors and locals alike enjoy area fishing, hunting, skiing, horseback riding, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and climbing. Downtown Battlement Mesa exudes that down-home feeling for which Colorado’s small communities are famous. Main Street features a few restaurants and gift shops. For more extensive shopping, larger towns such as Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs are not far from Battlement Mesa. The smaller, authentic, Old West towns of Parachute and Rifle are also nearby.
Elevation: 5,489′
Zip code: 81636
Population: 4,471 (2010)
Area code: Area code 970
Area: 11.8 mi² (11.6 mi² Land / 128 acres Water)